Surf Sanctuary and Fistral Beach

When visiting Cornwall, a surf, SUP or kitesurf lesson is a must! At Surf Sanctuary we provide lessons in a variety of ocean sports whether you are a first-timer or an experienced water user looking to improve your skills. Our coaches are all highly accomplished local surfers with RLSS National Beach Lifeguard and ISA Surf Coach qualifications; they will craft your lesson to give you the ultimate experience.

The Surf Sanctuary will be open once again from Easter. 


Fistral Beach, in Fistral Bay, is bounded by two promontories, Towan Head to the north and Pentire Point East to the south. The straight sandy beach faces west-northwest onto the Atlantic and is approximately 750 metres long. Backed by steep sand dunes and overlooked by the Headland Hotel, the beach is the venue for major international surfing competitions and a competition suite for judges and competitors has been built at North Fistral along with a surf museum.

The British Surfing Association, Newquay Surf Life Saving Club and the Newquay Boardrider Club are all based at Fistral Beach. The Cribbar, a reef at the north end of the beach, causes waves to break when the swell is high. It is considered to be Cornwall's premier "big wave" location with wave faces as high as 40 feet (12 m).

Our Activities
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    Surfing is the quintessential Cornish ocean sport. Fistral Beach is widely regarded as one of Europe’s finest surfing beaches, and it’s the perfect place to start your surfing adventure. No one ever forgets their first surf session; fresh salty air, sand between the toes, rushing Atlantic surf, and that post-surf afterglow. Our surf coaches will tailor the lesson to your needs; surfing is among the most accessible sports going, and it’s been known to change lives forever.

    Ages 8 and up. All equipment provided. Duration 2 ½ hours

  • SUP

    Our Headland is surrounded by clear Atlantic water and stand up paddling (SUP) is the ultimate way to enjoy it. SUP originated in Hawaii hundreds of years ago, so you’ll be tapping right into the source of surf culture. The boards are very stable, and we keep to the calmer seas so everyone will enjoy paddling at their own pace. SUP is an incredibly healthy sport and once the basics are mastered, can be practised safely in many locations.

    Ages 8 and up. All equipment provided. Duration 2 hours

  • Kitesurf

    Few things in life can rival the immersive rush of learning to kitesurf. With its wide open beaches and maritime weather, Cornwall is one of the best places to learn this thrilling sport. Your coach will supply all the equipment you need and help you progress step-by-step as you learn about kite handling, safety, weather systems and ultimately, board starts.  With the kite as your silent engine, you will experience the wind and sea in a way that will stay with you always. 

    Ages 15 and up. All equipment provided. Duration 3 hours

  • Coasteer

    Jump, climb, swim, let the sea pick you up and take you for a ride...coasteering is an instant rush and you don’t need any experience, just a thirst for adventure. You will be kitted out with full safety gear and our guides will help you choose your own route and tempo as you traverse the stunning coastline around the headland. If you yearn to get your adrenaline pumping and explore the coastline from a totally different perspective, you’ll love coasteering.

    Ages 12 and up. All equipment provided. Duration 2 ½ hours

  • Pricing

    One to One: £80

    Two to One: £120

    Three +: £50 per person

    Surf group lesson: £35 per person

    SUP group lesson: £40 per person

    Coasteer group session: £45 per person

    Rental Per Day

    Board £10

    Wetsuit £10

Get in touch

We are able to deliver lessons all year round though outside of peak holiday times we encourage you to call or email us first. All lessons are subject to availability.

Phone: 07540 155123